Calling on the name of the Lord

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Some will tell you that this verse tells us we are supposed to ask Jesus into our hearts and save us. Is that what this means? Is “asking Jesus into our hearts to save us” supported elsewhere in the Bible?

Before you think I am preaching another type of salvation, let me use an illustration to explain what calling upon the name of the Lord means. Suppose there was a man – let’s call him Chris Chen – that worked for a company for 20 years. This man has always done an excellent job – always going above and beyond what was asked of him. He always did his job correctly and quickly. He was held in high esteem by everyone at the company. Now suppose you would like a job at this company, but you don’t have any experience. However, you do know Chris Chen and you ask him to put in a good word for you. Because of Chris Chen’s reputation with the company – because of his good name, they listen to him and you are hired. In other words, you called upon Chris Chen’s good name to gain entrance to the company. In the same way, to enter Heaven, we must call upon Jesus Christ’s good name. Our own names – our own reputations – are filthy rags to God and he would never allow entrance into Heaven based upon our own name. We must gain entrance based upon the name – the reputation – of someone who is worthy to enter Heaven. Jesus Christ is the only one worthy to enter Heaven and so we must call upon his name so we can be saved and enter Heaven. We are turning from our own reputation (repenting) and trusting in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the only way of salvation: repent and trust.

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